A couple of months before 9/11, a colleague told me that if I visited New York I should go to the restaurant at the top of the World Trade Centre. So here I am clenching my buttocks and touching wood as I say, if you’re ever in Sydney go to the restaurant at the top of Australia Square.
I hate that provincial press cliché about ‘the city’s best kept secret’ so I’m blowing this one wide open. It doesn’t advertise itself well and the fact that it goes under two names suggests an identity crisis, but the Orbit Bar/Summit Restaurant is well worth a visit.
Fine dining, courtesy of notably named chef Michael Moore, takes place under the auspices of The Summit, while the Orbit Bar provides drinks and tapas. But the main attraction here is that they reside on the 47th floor of a circular skyscraper, and the 47th floor revolves.
It doesn’t advertise itself well and the fact that it goes under two names suggests an identity crisis, but the Orbit Bar/Summit Restaurant is well worth a visit.
It takes an hour to complete one rotation and it’s a great place to sit with a beer while the sun goes down, taking in 360 degrees of one of the world’s most photogenic cities as it all lights up. If you’re ever in Oz on business this is a great place to woo and wow clients, and if you’re hospitality budget runs to it, The Summit has a salon privé where you’ll be welcomed with Taittinger Champagne and treated to first-class grub.
As well as views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, you’re right in among all the handsomest skyscrapers, including the building capped with a blue neon cone that Tom Cruise base-jumped past in Mission Impossible II. So finally, New York isn’t the only city where you can tell your friends when you get back that it was like being in a movie.
Australia Square is at 264 George Street.
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